Chery Tiggo primed itself for the battle for the inaugural Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League title against F2 Logistics with a straight-set win over Baguio City, 25-13, 25-17, 25-14, on Wednesday, November 24 at the Aquamarine Recreational Center.
May Luna led the Crossovers with 11 points and pushed Chery Tiggo to a 3-1 record, where they are assured of at least a silver medal. F2 Logistics topped the table with a 4-0 slate.
F2 Logistics, which has yet to drop a set, will go for the gold medal against the reigning Premier Volleyball League Open Conference champions at 4 pm on Thursday, November 25.
The team with the best record after the six-day tournament will be the country's representative to the Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship in May next year.
A three- or four-set victory will give Chery Tiggo the crown, but a five-set victory will not be enough for coach Aaron Velez's side to escape with the trophy because of their inferior points and set ratio quotient.
"We will take it one point at a time. I think the first set is going to set the tempo of the match," Velez said.
Ranged against one of the country's most successful commercial teams, the Crossovers simply wanted to end the Champions League in style even without their ace Jaja Santiago.
"Hopefully it's going to be a match that we will remember," said Velez, whose team is seeking to complete a sweep of this year's two tournaments.
"This is the last tournament for this year. We are going to give our best," he said.
Luna, who was acquired by Chery Tiggo last September, was given significant court time by Velez as they build up for the finale.
"I want everyone to have a fair share, to contribute and gain experience. Given that she is new to our team, I think in no time, she will be able to adjust to our system and jell with the team," Velez said.
Julia Angeles, the Crossovers' second libero who was also added to the roster last September, also shone with 15 digs and 10 receptions.
Arianne Layug had 9 points, including 3 service aces, and 7 receptions, while Chery Tiggo's middles Maika Ortiz and Joy Dacoron chipped in 8 and 7 points, respectively.
The Lady Highlanders, who fell to 0-5, drew 6 points and 5 receptions from Ann Atuban.
Earlier, the young California Precision Sports (CPS) spikers came up with a huge upset over the PetroGazz Angels in a five-set thriller, 18-25, 12-15, 25-22, 25-14, 15-13.
Casiey Dongallo and Jelai Gajero scored 22 points each as the Antipolo-based CPS capped off the tournament with a 2-3 win-loss card.
It was a major accomplishment for the CPS bunch composed of senior high school standouts. – Rappler.com